When Mischief Came To Town

when mischief came to townIt’s 1911 Denmark, and ten-year-old Inge Maria Jensen has been sent to the sleepy island of Bornholm to live with her grandmother on her farm. It is nothing like Copenhagen, where Inge Maria lived in an apartment with servants. Her grandmother is stern and serious and has Inge Maria working in the stables and the kitchen. At school, spirited Inge Maria defies her dull teacher, befriends some rowdy children, and can’t help doing the unexpected. Over time, she and her grandmother love and support each other and create a new life together. Inge Maria is a charming and exuberant girl whose happy mischief and zest for life awaken the whole town. This quick-paced, easy read captures early twentieth century rural Danish culture and includes references to the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen. mjw
Title: When Mischief Came To Town
Author: Katrina Nannestad
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: The Girl Who Brought Mischief
Original Publisher
: Harper Collins Publishers, Australia
Original Copyright
: 2013
: 978-0-544-53432-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 8-12
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Bornholm, Denmark, 1911
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in New South Wales. Australia
Author’s residence
: Australia
: 2014 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, CBCA Notable Book
: Death and dying, Grandmothers, Grief, History, Imagination, Multigenerational, Music, Orphans

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